“Massive talent”, “Still a bit raw” – These Arsenal fans cautiously optimistic about youngster after performance vs Chelsea

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Loads of Arsenal fans are excited about the potential of Albert Sambi Lokonga after getting a look at the Belgian youngster in yesterday’s pre-season defeat against Chelsea.

Lokonga joined the Gunners from Anderlecht this summer after impressing in his time at his boyhood club, and it seems he’s already made quite an impression after getting a run-out at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal also have big names like Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka as options in midfield, but Lokonga could get his chance in Mikel Arteta’s first-team in the 2021/22 season.

For one thing, Partey went off injured against Chelsea, so that could mean there’s room for Lokonga to get a run of games in the middle of the park if the more experienced Ghana international is out for a lengthy period.

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Arsenal used to be well known for signing the game’s best young talent, and they’ll hope Lokonga can be a bit of a throwback to the Arsene Wenger era in that sense.

Recent young players brought in, such as Matteo Guendouzi, have not ended up faring as well, but it seems Arsenal fans are already pretty excited about Lokonga, even if some are also urging caution and calling for everyone to be patient with him…

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